Music: New Music From Japan (London)

August 30, 2009
Tsuru Sushi Restaurant - new japanese music

Tsuru Sushi Restaurant - new japanese music

New Music from Japan showcases Japanese musical and performance talent. The events have been running for one year on the last Wednesday of each month and have attracted a diverse crowd from the Japanese and local communities. Performers are also diverse, ranging from Wataru Kousaka, a sanshin player, to contemporary electronic composer Anchorsong and many others.

When: Last Wednesday of every month April to September 2009

Where: Tsuru  Japanese Restaurant, 4 Canvey St, London SE1 9AN

Contact: T: 07944 848740, E: emma@tsuru-sushi.co.uk

Website: Tsuru Sushi.

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Japanese Festival (London)

August 29, 2009
Japanese Festival London

Japanese Festival London

A celebration of Japan and its rich culture, arts & crafts at one of London’s most vibrant markets. Situated in the heart of the city, Spitalfields offers a unique spot for East to meet West. Whether you are a londoner, missing home or have a bit of curiosity, this will be a fantastic opportunity for you to experience some of the most exciting entertainment in London, delight in exquisite Wa-shoku (Japanese cuisine) and get involved in as many interactive arts & crafts events as you can think of throughout the day.

If you are a Japanese business or performer who would like to get involved, you can contact the organisers: contact@japanmatsuri.com.

When: Saturday, 19th September 2009, 10am – 8pm.

Where: Spitalfields Market, nearest tube Liverpool Street Station.

For more information: visit the Japan Festival website.


Traditional Japanese circus skills (Various)

August 12, 2009

Traditional Japanese circus skills

Watch out for spinning cups on umbrellas and flying balls tied to cups! Japanese Kendama (cup-and-ball) maestro, Yusuke Ito and Edo-Daikagura (traditional Japanese circus skill) performer, Senwaka, will visit venues around the UK in August and September. They will display their dynamic and artful techniques, and demonstrate some fine examples of Japanese cultural heritage. This promises to be a truly breathtaking and entertaining performance; a captivating and thrilling event for all the family. Following their performance, there will also be a chance for audience members to have a go and try these traditional skills for themselves

Where and when:

29 August, 3pm Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
30 August, 2pm University Chapel, University of Glasgow
31 August, 1pm URBIS, Manchester
1 September, 1pm Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
5 September, 1.30pm The Forum, Norwich 
6 September, 4pm Southbank Centre’s Festival Riverside, London

Cost: All events are free, no booking required. Click on your nearest venue for details.


Art: Nobu Tsubaki (London)

August 12, 2009

Work by Noboru Tsubaki

Noboru Tsubaki is a contemporary artist who has been active on the world stage since the 1970s. His super-sized installations, such as the giant locust which was part of the Yokohama Triennale in 2001, are immediately eye catching and leave a lasting impression. However, despite this instant and easy engagement with viewers, the intention of his works is much more complicated than may first appear. As an artist who is constantly conscious of the relationship between art and society, Noboru’s rejection of pre-established harmony has inspired works in a number of media. He has used installations and digital applications to challenge the status quo, including the current position of Japanese contemporary art.

In this event, Noboru will illustrate his unique and radical world, his approach to art and society, and his thoughts about the interaction between Japanese contemporary art and subculture.

Date: 26 August 2009 from 6.30pm.

Where: The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House , 10-12 Russell Square 
London, WC1B 5EH.

Cost:  This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place please emailevent@jpf.org.uk giving your name and those of any guests.


Japanese Tea Ceremony and Kimono Event (London)

July 26, 2009

Please watch this space for up-dates on further future dates. – new date added below.

Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony

ITO Japanese school, are hosting a Japanese tea ceremony and kimono event this August.  This is a rare chance to find out more about the ceremony which is uniquely filled with simple beauty and meditative practises hailing from the Zen and Taoist traditions.  Tea and Japanese sweets will be included in the price.

Akemi Solloway

Akemi Solloway

The event will be hosted by Akemi Solloway, a professional teacher and lecturer of Japanese culture. Akemi regularly organises and attends Japanese cultural events, so please check her site for more details.

The event will follow the schools usual Japanese calligraphy class, which is held every saturday at 3pm and is open to all (beginners to advanced) and only costs £3 with materials provided.

When: Saturday 22nd August- 5pm or Saturday September 12th – 5pm.

Cost: £6 – with 50p per ticket going to Breast Cancer Care.  Email: info@itojapanese.com to reserve your space.

Where: ITO school, 3rd floor,  25-27 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2DW.


Free origami classes in July (London)

July 9, 2009

3050384949_3849d13889Learn to make anything from a cute paper frog to a pretty box for presents in one of the free origami classes taught by teachers from the British Origami Society.  

Where:  Bookstore LG, Japan Centre, Picadilly, London.

When: 4/11/18 & 25th July, 12 -5 pm.

Cost: Free